William Eugene Smith was an American photographer. William Eugene Smith was born in Wichita, Kansas in the year 1918. Smith was introduced to photography by his mother.
Smith attended Notre Dame University, and the New York Institute of Photography.
Some critically acclaimed series of works include jazz musicians, a visual documentation of the city of Pittsburgh, and images of World War II. Whilst shooting a report on World War II Smith was even hit by mortar fire.
Below a montage of works by W. Eugene Smith:
In the early 1970’s Smith documented the Minamata disease and its effect on the country of Japan. This disease was caused by the Chisso company after dumping toxic materials into large bodies of water.
Smith worked with many world renown organizations including Newsweek, Life, and Flying magazine.
The Chisso employees were upset at Smith for his images. Smith was attacked by some employees and lost vision in one eye, but his wife continued to take the photographs.
William Eugene Smith passed away in 1978. He was 59 years of age. Towards the end of his life Smith suffered a massive stroke that slowed him down, but he still continued to explore the art of photography.
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William Eugene Smith had a great vision. Smith had a great eye for capturing an image that didn’t recquire photo manipulation.